It had been a long time since Fernando Alonso looked as pissed off as this Saturday at the Red Bull Ring, where the Asturian could not get into the last qualifying screen (Q3), as a result of Sebastian Vettel’s clumsiness. The German had overcome the cutoff in Q2 and was facing his turn back to the workshop, when he was soaked in the worst possible place, between Turn 9 and 10 of the Austrian track, precisely the point where Michael Masi, the Director World Cup Race, had warned the teams and drivers that he would be adamant about whoever got in the way. The fact is that Alonso completed his last attempt on a fast lap and was facing the last sector of the track with many options to get into the final tie, when Vettel appeared out of nowhere, who crossed his path and ruined him on Saturday. Despite apologizing to him by removing his hand from the passenger compartment of the Aston Martin, the man from Oviedo was furious on the radio, shouting “What the hell!” Alonso had to start 14th while the stewards investigated the action, which will surely mean a sanction for the four-time world champion, provisionally placed eighth on the grid.
“It doesn’t matter what happens to them (Aston Martin). They will penalize them, okay, and? I think I could have started fifth, and from that to 14th, as I went from being able to add ten or 12 points, to not adding any because here it is not so easy to come back, ”Alonso commented as he got out of his car. “It was our best classification of the year. The weekend is over for us. Even if (Vettel) comes out last, the worst consequences are for us, ”added the Alpine.
The pole position It was for Max Verstappen, the fourth of the course for the Dutchman and the third in a row, evidence of the good form in which both he and the Red Bull are driving. Never a pole No one had done as badly as the latter for Hasselt’s runner, who complained on the radio because his team threw him into the ring early. “Yes, we have the poleBut let’s never do it like that again. I don’t want you to send me out so soon, but we’ll talk about it later ”, warned Mad Max, who this Sunday (3:00 pm, Movistar Formula 1 and Dazn) will have Lando Norris next to him, another of those who is sweet. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, took a world to get out of his Mercedes, surely busy looking for answers to the lack of punch of his Mercedes, which will form the fourth. Carlos Sainz, for his part, was one tris from getting into Q3 and will start the eleventh.